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Invest at home, Kalaba urges Zambians abroad


IN CELEBRATING Zambia’s 50th anniversary, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has encouraged Zambians in the Diaspora to invest back home to help the economy grow.
Meanwhile, Mr Kalaba says Government will next Friday launch the revised foreign policy incorporating new elements such as career diplomatic service.
The minister said during the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Sunday Interview programme that the country needs to grow by attracting more foreign direct investment (FDI).
“We want them to contribute to the growth of this country. If they can contribute to the growth of other countries, what about their own country?
“When some heads of state do not come to Zambia, it does not mean the country is in bad books with them. As a matter of fact, we are receiving a lot of FDI,” Mr Kalaba said.
Mr Kalaba said heads of state will come when there is need for them to do so just like some are coming to celebrate the jubilee anniversary.
He appealed to Zambians in the Diaspora to be actively involved in celebrating the country’s 50th anniversary at various missions saying Government is working hard to address some of the concerns affecting those in the Diaspora.
Mr Kalaba highlighted the issue of access to land, which is being tabled with the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, to ensure that Zambians in the Diaspora can benefit from land ownership.
He said Zambian economy is growing at a fast rate, “this phenomenon is appreciated in the world… Zambia enjoys cordial relations with countries in the sub-Saharan region and beyond [hence] it is Government’s intention to continue building on that.”
On the foreign policy, Mr Kalaba said it will be unveiled on October 17 to ensure that people in diplomatic service deliver according to expectations.

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